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Probe shows man who killed deputy had threatened women

August 2, 2019

ELLENSBURG, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say the man who killed a Washington state sheriff’s deputy and wounded a police officer had said he was on his way to shoot a woman.

The Yakima Herald-Republic reported Friday that an investigation by Ellensburg police has found that 29-year-old Juan Manuel Flores Del Toro was on his way to the woman’s home when police tried to stop him following an erratic driving report.

Police say Flores Del Toro got out of his car and fired, killing Kittitas County Deputy Ryan Thompson and wounding Kittitas Police officer Benito Chavez.

Another deputy shot and killed Flores Del Toro.

Police say the man had also threatened to shoot a woman and her child earlier in day.

Police say the officers were not aware of the threats before the encounter.

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Information from: Yakima Herald-Republic, http://www.yakimaherald.com

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